austinpowers (2831) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 19, 2002
The aroma is choked with blueberries. The flavor, less so. Altogether a nice fruity beer, though I'm not eager for another. But I must admit this was well done. Seems to be a pale ale underneath, as I detect some bitterness. joet (2664) - Wilsonville, Oregon, USA - JAN 15, 2002
Solid foaming head on top of a clean orange, tan liquid. Bizarre berry/melon aroma not altogether blueberry. An ordinary, slightly wet American pale ale underneath with bits of berry in the mildly hoppy finish. Gusler (2652) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 31, 2000
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2003 It’s been almost three years since I’ve sampled this beer, and have never been a real fan of fruit beers, of course I do like the occasional lambic to break the monotony of all those over the top ales.Reid (2626) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JUL 24, 2005
Translucent golden amber color on the pour with the head modest in size, white in color and frothy in structure, the lace a nice sealing sheet upon the glass. Nose is sweet as one would expect, crisp and clean, start also sweetly malt, and top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is moderately acidic, hops pleasant and the sweet blueberry, continues to the very dry finish, drinkable and pleasant enough.
Nice looking dark amber beer ,with reddish tones , small off white frothy head.
The aroma is quite nice , nice strong blueberry aromas that seem natural and fresh, some toasty malt aromas too underneath.
In the taste the blueberry is not quite as pronounced as in the artoma , but there is a strong malty sweetness then the blueberry comes through at the end of the mouthful.
Quite nice on the palte , long lingering fruity aftertaste.
A good attempt at a refreshing, summer fruit beer. Not bad at all. SamGamgee (2585) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAY 25, 2008
Draught at the Santa Barbara location; listed as only 3.3%abv. Dark gold-amber color with a slight haze. Blast of blueberry in the aroma with some wet straw and grain. Flavors of husky grains and very subtle blueberry. Pretty sweet and full flavored for the strength, and I like that the blueberry is almost undetectable in the flavor, but there is something odd about how prevalent it is in the aroma.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Pour is clear ruddy amber with a thin white head...smell is blueberry, with an unpleasant warm soggy malt (like when you go to a brewery while they are brewing) smell...taste is bright, with some strange malty flavors, but the blueberry being acidic and metallic...blech... OldMrCrow (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2006
From the bottle. Pours clear amber with a moderate head.
SDalkoholic (2431) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUN 9, 2006
I can’t understand the generally high ratings that this one has received. I think it’s pretty close to awful, but I got to try it in such a nice way that in the general spirit of Mother’s "If you don’t have anything nice to say...", I’d rather talk about that than about why I don’t like the beer.
There’s this guy who sells fruit down near the beach. He’s always got marvellous fruit that’s he has driven over from the farms on the east side of the state --- the real stuff, strawberries that taste like strawberries instead of the waxy facsimile they sell in supermarkets these days, rainier cherries, peaches that take your breath away, glorious raspberries, the whole deal. Anyway, he and I shoot the bull every time I stop by to see him
The other day I asked how he was doing.
I’m doing great! I’ve got the best job in the world," he answered. "I just sit here in the shade and all day long, smiling women in bikinis bring me money."
"I know the feeling," I lied. "But money’s nothing. You know you’ve got it made when you can get them to bring you beer."
"They do" he answered, and I laughed. "No really, they do..."
So today I stopped by there again, and bought the usual assortment of fruit. He said "Hey...I’ve got something for you. This woman up the hill dropped these by for me today." He pulled out a SLO Brewing Co. Blueberry Ale (not distributed in Washington state, to the best of my knowledge) and handed me one. "Here - try this. I haven’t tried it yet, but she swears it’s good stuff." So along with my eight apricots, my pint of raspberries, and my pint blueberries, I got to try this beer that I’d never seen before. Pretty good deal!
So that’s the story. As for the beer? Strong blueberry aroma. Flavor of melon, unripe papaya, and a bit of blueberry on top of a rather skunky pale ale. Bitter, metallic finish tinged with melon that does nothing to improve it. Yuck.
But who cares! What a great way to pick up a new beer. I’ll throw it a couple of points on the overall just for that.
Bottle: Pours a faded copper color with a small fizzy head. A strong aroma of blueberry and background of hay and hop. Flavor has gone flat from extensive shelf life but maintains a grain and hay flavor with artifical blueberry. I couldnt imagine this being that good even if it was from a fresh bottle or keg. BeerLimey (2155) - California, USA - APR 29, 2002
UPDATED: APR 22, 2003 Pours to a bright golden color, well carbonated with moderate head formation. There’s a sweet flowery aroma with a touch of candy and blueberry in moderation. The palate is very light for an ale with blueberry flavors appearing immediately but not overwhelmingly. The blue flavor runs throughout, bringing with it a touch of prickly spice and just fading towards the finish, while there’s a touch of sugary sweetness in the middle and balancing crisp dryness in the finish.
This is a pretty straightforward blonde ale but the blueberry flavor works really well. phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2008
One of my favorite brews to have on draught. Pours a lovely clear amber colour, medium sized white head, and blueberry, floral and wheat aromas and nuances bursting out of the glass